July 27, 2016


GSMA Announces Launch of Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

(ME NewsWire)-- At Mobile 360 – Africa, the GSMA today announced the launch of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund, which will support innovative start-ups in emerging markets and is open to start-ups from and operating in Africa and selected countries in Asia. The Fund is backed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and supported by the GSMA and its members.


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July 27, 2016


Huawei Optimistic About Meeting Its Target for Smartphone Shipments

The head of consumer products for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. said on Tuesday that he was confident the company would reach its target to ship 140 million smartphones in 2016, a 30% increase from last year.

Speaking at a news conference, Huawei Consumer Business Group Chief Executive Richard Yu said his division was aiming to book $28 billion"...

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July 26, 2016


GSMA Announces Tanzania Rural Connectivity Project

At Mobile 360 – Africa, the GSMA today announced the launch of the first active infrastructure sharing initiative in East Africa between mobile network operators (MNOs) Airtel, Millicom and Vodacom. The MNOs have committed to launch six 3G pilot sites across the country to test the sustainable provision of mobile broadband services to 13 million underserved people across rural areas of Tanzania.

“This cooperation between the Tanzanian MNOs"...

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July 26, 2016


GSMA Announces Additional Commitments from Nine Operators to Reduce Mobile Gender Gap by 2020

(ME NewsWire)-- At Mobile 360 – Africa, the GSMA today announced a further nine signatories to the Connected Women Commitment Initiative, which focuses on reducing the gender gap in mobile internet and mobile money services. Orange Mali, Smart Burundi, Smart Tanzania, Smart Uganda, Tigo Chad, Tigo Ghana, Tigo Senegal, Tigo Tanzania and Zantel join with other GSMA operator members in committing to connect millions more women in low- and middle-income countries by 2020. Collectively,"...

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July 26, 2016


Number of Unique Mobile Subscribers in Africa Surpasses Half a Billion, Finds New GSMA Study

(ME NewsWire)-- More than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to mobile services as the continent continues to migrate rapidly to mobile broadband networks, reveals a new GSMA study. ‘The Mobile Economy: Africa 2016’ was published today at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa event being held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 26 – 28 July. The report also highlights the increasing contribution of Africa’s mobile industry to the regional economy, including"...

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July 26, 2016


Two Million People Benefiting from GSMA M4D Utilities Projects

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme (M4D Utilities) released a new report outlining progress in using mobile technology to deliver energy, water and sanitation services to underserved communities. The latest M4D Utilities annual report, ‘Unlocking access to utility services: The transformational value of mobile’, was published today at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa event being held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 26 – 28 July.


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July 21, 2016


Ooredoo tests Algeria’s first 4G network

Ooredoo completed Algeria’s first 4G trial with Nokia in Tlemcen, a province in the country’s north west, reaching speeds of up to 75Mb/s, ahead of a nationwide commercial launch in the coming months.

With the full launch, customers will be able to access 4G speeds for the same price as Ooredoo Algeria’s 3G service.


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July 20, 2016


Ooredoo launches Algeria’s first 4G mobile network

As part of its network leadership strategy, Ooredoo has completed the pre-launch phase for 4G mobile in Algeria, becoming the first operator in the country to provide the superfast Internet service.

With the launch in Algeria, Ooredoo now offers 4G services in eight markets in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia, positioning the company as one of the leading 4G providers. This significant network investment reflects Ooredoo’s commitment to deliver a better data experience for its customers across its global footprint.

The launch was conducted in Tlemcen in north-western...

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July 13, 2016


GSMA Launches New Tool to Measure Conditions for Delivering Mobile Internet Connectivity Worldwide

The GSMA has launched a new online tool that measures the ability of more than 130 countries worldwide to connect offline citizens to the mobile internet. The GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index measures each country on the four key enablers for driving mobile internet adoption: infrastructure; affordability; consumer readiness; and content. The tool aggregates best-in-class data from multiple sources1 and is designed to support the efforts of the mobile industry and the wider international community to deliver on the ambition of universal access to the internet.


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July 11, 2016


OT Partners with AFSCM to Roll out NFC Services in France with the 3 Major Mobile Operators

OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products and services, today announced its partnership with AFSCM (Association Française du Sans Contact Mobile) to roll out NFC Services in France with the 3 major mobile operators, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR.

11.5 million French users have an NFC compatible device (in"...

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